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Lofoten Island, You’ll never forget your first approach to the Lofoten Islands. The Islands spread their tall, craggy physique against the sky like some spiky sea dragon. The beauty of this place is simply staggering.
The main islands, Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy, are separated from the mainland by Vestfjorden, but all are connected by road bridges and tunnels. On each are sheltered bays, sheep pastures and picturesque villages. The vistas and the special quality of the Arctic light have long attracted artists, represented in galleries throughout the islands. One of the best ways to appreciate the view is to follow the E10 road, which runs along the islands from tip to toe, taking just about every detour you have time for en route.
Many visitors make their acquaintance with Lofoten on Austvågøy, the northernmost island in the archipelago. It’s a pretty-enough place with some fascinating attractions, but it’s more appealing as a gateway to the archipelago than as a destination in its own right.
The 34km-long island of Moskenesøy is the southernmost of the Lofoten Islands. Its spiky, pinnacled igneous ridge, rising directly from the sea and split by deep lakes and fjords, could almost have been conceived by Tolkien. A paradise for mountaineers, some of the tight gullies and fretted peaks of this tortured island – including its highest point, Hermannsdalstind (1029m) – are accessible to ordinary mortals as well. It’s also home to one of the Lofoten’s most glorious viewpoints at Reine and one of its loveliest villages, Å.
Most of Flakstadøy’s residents live along its flat north shore, around the town of Ramberg, but, as with Vestvågøy, it’s the craggy south side that has the most dramatic scenery. Many visitors just zip through but it’s worth stopping to sun yourself on Ramberg’s beach (sandy beaches are the exception in Lofoten), visit the glass-blowers of Vikten and build in a detour to the gorgeous, arty village of Nusfjord.
The general rule when exploring this central Lofoten island is that the most appealing areas lie away from the main E10. The Viking Museum is an exception. You can cross Vestvågøy in an hour if you drive straight through, but you could easily spend the best part of the day exploring.
Stamsund, a Hurtigruten port, is the pick of the traditional fishing villages, while there are fine views if you detour to Eggum and continue on past the town.
Norwegian cuisine in its traditional form is based largely on the raw materials readily available in Norway and its mountains, wilderness and coast. It differs in many respects from its continental counterparts with a stronger focus on game and fish. Many of the traditional dishes are results of using conserved materials, with respect to the long winters.Modern Norwegian cuisine, although still strongly influenced by its traditional background, now bears some Globalization: pastas, pizzas, tacos, and the like are as common as meatballs and cod as staple foods, and urban restaurants sport the same selection one would expect to find in any western European city.
Krumkake is a Norwegian waffle cookie made of flour, butter, eggs, sugar, and cream. Like the Italian pizzelle, a special decorative two-sided iron griddle, or the Sicilian cannolo, or similar to a waffle iron, is traditionally used to bake the thin round cakes. Older irons are used over the stove, but modern electric irons offer the convenience of nonstick surfaces, automatic timing, and multiple cakes per batch. While hot, the 13–20 cm krumkake are rolled into small cones around a wooden or plastic cone form. Krumkake can be eaten plain or filled with whipped cream (often multekrem) or other fillings.
These cookies are popular not only in Norway but also among Norwegian immigrant descendants in New England and the American Midwest. Krumkaker are traditionally made in preparation for Christmas, along with other Norwegian sweets including Sandbakelse and Rosettes. They offer a sweet dessert after the traditional Christmas Eve dinner of ribs or pinnekjøtt.In Germany, the cookies are commonly filled with sweet stuffings. They are also used as a type of ice cream cone.
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The Lofotr Viking Museum at Bøstad on the island of Vestvågøy is a reconstruction of the 272 ft long chieftain’s house that stood on the site around 500 AD. This excellent Viking adventure includes a superb short-film about the life of the chieftain and his family, as well as interpretive tours of the house and the numerous artifacts discovered on the site during archeological digs. Afterwards, walk down to the adjoining lake to see the replica Viking vessels, including an impressive longship.
Fløyen is a must do while in Bergen. Fløibanen, the funicular brings you up the hillside, from Bergen city centre to the top of the mountain in 6 minutes. At Mount Fløyen you will find beautiful views of Bergen, the nearby islands, fjords and mountains surrounding Bergen. Fløyen is a great destination for hiking, mountain biking and soft adventures. We are surrounded by hillsides, mountains, forests, nice little lakes and numerous trails. We offer daily guided hikes “Hiking Mount Fløyen” and Mountain bike rental from mid June until mid August. We love children, and the children love Fløyen. Let the kids explore our playground, Fløysletten climbing playground, the Troll forest. Try out canoe paddling at lake Skomakerdiket (mid June – mid August), feel the adrenalin rush in FløyenKids ziplinepark and get at kiss from our lovely goats at Fløyen. Fløistuen shop and cafè have souvenirs, perfect gifts and memories from Bergen and Norway. We offer local food as “Fløyenbollen”, the cinnamon-bun and our organic soup “Fløyensuppen”. Fløien Folkerestaurant is open daily from May until September.
A fairytale by the fjord The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.Impressive waterfalls cast cascades of thundering water from almost vertical mountain sides. The famous falls De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”), Friaren (“the Suitor”) and Brudesløret (“the Bridal Veil”) tease the cliffs with feather‐light sheer veils of mist whose mission is to create a never‐ending display of changing rainbows to fill you with delight and wonder.For nature lovers, the Geirangerfjord has plenty to offer. Experience the fjords and the waterfalls from one of the many available sightseeing trips, go hiking in stunning surroundings or experience the fjords from a new perspective in a kayak. Other popular activities in the area include fishing, rafting and cycling.